Mike Tyson Becomes Youngest Heavyweight Champion – November 22, 1986 (This Day In Boxing History)

In a span of five minutes, Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

Tyson, then 20, snatched the WBC heavyweight title by battering Trevor Berbick by a second-round knockout.

Until that night on November 22, 1986, Floyd Patterson was the youngest heavyweight champion, earning the title at 21 years old by knocking out Archie Moore in the fifth round.

But Tyson rewrote that within a matter of minutes.

“I’m the youngest heavyweight champion in the world,” Tyson told his comanager, Jimmy Jacobs, in the ring at the time. “And I’m going to be the oldest.”

The latter didn’t come true as George Foreman achieved that at 45 years old by defeating 26-year-old Michael Moorer in 1994.

Nonetheless, Tyson, now 55, still holds the title as the youngest heavyweight champion.

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